Forward David Ball
- Height 183cm
- Weight 75kg
- D.O.B. 14/12/89
Born in Whitefield, England, David Ball has played for the likes of Manchester City, Swindon Town, Peterborough United, Rochdale, Fleetwood Town, Rotherham United and Bradford City during his career, scored a combined 83 goals across 373 appearances over a ten-year period.
Ball created history in 2015 when he scored a FIFA Puskás nominated goal with his chip against Preston North End - making him only the second Englishman nominated for the esteemed award, behind Wayne Rooney.
The 30-year-old moved to New Zealand with his family in 2019, joining the Wellington Phoenix for the 2019/20 season. He proved himself to be an indispensable member of the squad and a fan favourite thanks to his energy, work-rate and ability to make spectacular plays.
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Ball signed with the Wellington Phoenix in July 2019 on a two-year contract.
In his first season with the Phoenix, Ball played a dominant role in the club’s historic third place finish while primarily playing in the no. 10 position.
In 25 matches he scored six goals and contributed four assists, while also taking home the Hyundai A-League Player of the Month Award for February in recognition of his strong play. Ball was also named the Huawei Player of the Year at the Phoenix’s 2019/20 End of Season Awards.
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Ball was a product of the Manchester City Youth Academy, making one appearance for the first team bench in the 2009/10 Premier League campaign before heading to Swindon Town on loan.
In 2011, Ball signed for League One side Peterborough United where he scored five goals in 21 appearances for Darren Ferguson’s side. The striker helped his side challenge and secure promotion into the Championship with victory over Huddersfield Town.
After two separate loan spells at Rochdale, Ball signed for newly promoted League Two side Fleetwood Town on a three-year deal where he scored 49 goals in 179 appearances, helping them gain promotion to League One in the 2014 play-off final.
Most recently Ball played for English Football League Championship side, Rotherham United, having spent the 2018/19 season on loan, scoring seven goals in 42 appearances at Bradford City in League One of the EFL.
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